President Barack Obama told a crowd of supporters in Miami Beach that 2012 is going to be a close election, but they can decide whether to keep intact changes he has put in place in healthcare and immigration.
It's up to them to decide whether to roll back Wall Street regulations he put in place to protect consumers, or reforms to protect sick people, the Democratic incumbent said.
“I believe health reform was the right thing to do. I believe it was right to make sure that more than 3 million people could stay on their parents’ health insurance plan," Obama said in a primetime appearance at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater.
Obama highlighted his recent executive order to halt the deportation of undocumented youth and allow a way for them to seek work permits.
"I believe it was the right decision. But ultimately it’s up to you," he said.
Obama arrived in Miami Tuesday for two fundraisers. The first was a small event with 30 people at a home, his campaign said.
Earlier, singer Marc Anthony visited the Obama campaign’s Miami Gardens office Tuesday afternoon, where he said that "Latinos are a force to be reckoned with."
"He shares our story and I assure you in speaking to him that he gets us," the Latin singer said.
Anthony went to the office to talk with volunteers and thank them for their hard work and dedication to the president’s re-election effort, the campaign said. The appearance was part of Obama for America’s “Hispanics for Obama” effort to engage Hispanic voters.
"Our president has made great leaps and bounds and strides and that's considering what he inherited as a president," Anthony said.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is also heavily courting Latino voters.
Both candidates spoke before the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials near Orlando last week, as they jousted over immigration.
Obama leads Romney 46 percent to 42 percent in the latest Quinnipiac University poll of Florida voters.
People gathered hours beforehand for the event at the Jackie Gleason Theater and tried to find a spot in the shade. Across the street were about demonstrators, including supporters of Israel protesting Obama's relationship with that country.
The Democratic incumbent will give remarks at the fundraiser at the theater and Anthony will perform, his campaign said.
“Latinos are a force that can and will help decide this election,” Anthony said in a recent Web video.
On the issues of jobs, the economy, education, immigration, “President Obama is on our side on all of them. We just have to make sure that he gets four more years to make progress,” he said.
At the Miami Beach theater, Obama acknowledged that the election this fall will be tight.
"It’s going to be close because there are a lot of folks still struggling out there" and because Republicans are spending a lot of money on negative ads against him, Obama said.
He said he remains as determined as he has ever been.
“We are going to fight, and we are going to struggle, and we are going to finish what we started in 2008, and remind the world just why it is America is the greatest nation on earth!” he said.